194 Tasting Notes

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Bright, clean and crisp sweet potato and sweet citrus; little malt. The wet leaves are the most beautiful I have ever seen! Glowing golden honey!

I like this tea plain (no milk as I sometimes have).

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this lovely sample.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

I think the flavor on this tea could depend on what ingredients land on the spoon when steeping.
I brought this to work the past two days and the first day it was watery chocolate and not so great, but yesterday it turned out so much better – delicious chocolate and mint, and more like the first time I had it. I don’t think the difference was due to the measurement or steep time but it’s possible – and I did drink the watery tasting cup regardless.

I had thought I wouldn’t have this again after the watery chocolate experience but after having a good cup (and it re-steeped well also), I would have it on occasion for something different and easy to have at work.

mewakeling

I love Read My Lips, but I have totally had it go watery on me too on occasion. It is really too bad, because, when not watery, it is a phenomenal tea!

caile

I find that chocolate flavored teas can tend to do this sometimes.

Cavocorax

Hmm. I should overleaf this one and see how that goes!

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90

Dry leaf smells of fresh sweet hay – so comforting somehow.

Brewed, the first sip is a bit brisk but smooths as the cup cools. Flavour is bright with earthy sweet potato, and then a lingering orange citrus aftertaste which develops more as the tea cools.

Second and third steeps do not have the astringency of the initial cup and tastes even more of orange and sweet potato.

That bit of briskness is leaving a dryness in my mouth and throat- although it could just be due to how I feel today.

This is a very good, flavourful and tasty tea, and I will try it again another day when the bright citrus note won’t bother me so much.

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
194 tasting notes

Brewed this again last evening. Very fragrant and delicious – tastes mildly malty with bread and honey. This is naturally sweet and seems to get even sweeter with each re-steep; the fragrance is pure dark honey. So good with a bit of milk as well.

And, my husband who always says he doesn’t really like tea, had a cup, said it was pretty good and even had a second cup when I offered. Nice!

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample.

Nightshifter

I haven’t opened this one yet, but now I can’t wait to try it!

Bonnie

It’s good…bready and grainy.

caile

I’m trying to decide which ones I like best of the samples I received but it is difficult – they’ve all been good so far.

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90

My second sample to try from Angel at Teavivre.

Dry leaf smells of dried cherries or raisins.
It seemed to brew up darker in color than the Bailin Gongfu sample from yesterday with same amount of leaf and brew time even though this one recommends more leaf, but maybe I am not remembering correctly.

Once brewed there is the aroma of yeasty bread but the taste is light. There is a sweet potato flavor with a touch of lemon. Sweet malt lingering aftertaste.

Re-steeped for two minutes for an even better cup – smooth, mellow and balanced. Having this cup with cream – delicious!!

Nightshifter

I wish I had ordered this! I will have to add it to the shopping list.

caile

hehe – my shopping list slowly keeps getting bigger.

Nightshifter

Same here! :)

JustJames

you do know this is a tea enabler website, right? we just encourage one another to go on flagrant tea spending sprees!!! lol

caile

lol And I was hoping to find a couple favorite teas…I think there are going to be many more than just a few!

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

I thought I’d try this and brewed it on two separate occasions. Caramel apples is a fair description but there is a sour type note lingering in the background – not a nice sour apple taste but rather a sour vegetable taste which is unpleasant. Not for me.

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
194 tasting notes

My generous box of samples from Angel at Teavivre arrived today – so exciting!

This is the first one I chose to try, and upon opening, the freshness of tea in the packet was incredible and lovely.

The dry leaf scent was of fresh sweet hay and barley, and once brewed, had the aroma of rye bread and honey with some fruity floral notes – so fragrant!

Taste is bright, malty and grainy with a bit of smoky pepper. I’m not sure if I get caramel or chocolate but there is something like a dry cocoa lingering aftertaste, but not dark – more of a brighter fruity cocoa if that makes sense.

This is a delicious and very fragrant tea. I did two steeps and will probably try for one more.
I’m so pleased to finally try this and am looking forward to the many more samples. Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre!

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

Beautiful creamy fragrance with a buttery, soft vanilla bean taste on the first steep. The vanilla fades and the floral orchid emerges more on the second and third steeps, but there is still a wee bit of a buttery feel. (I’m sure the leaves could be re-steeped more but that is all I did for now).
The oolong is well suited with the vanilla in this tea and I like it quite a lot.
A lovely pale golden cup of soft deliciousness.

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

This is a lovely plain black tea. The dry leaves are large and twisted and unfurl beautifully when steeped. Honeyed aroma with a rich, slightly sweet and bright malty taste, and is very smooth to drink.
I have a tin of this and plan to keep a supply on hand.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

I’m trying to learn about black tea (what I like what I don’t like). I bought 5 straight blacks from Davids and am going to bring a different one to work each day this week. This was the one I brought today. I agree (an was pleasantly surprised) at how much I liked this one. :))

caile

Me too – trying to learn about black tea and what I like. It’s hard to tell the differences unless there is something quite outstanding about it. I think this is the only straight black I tried from Davids so I’ll be curious to see what you think of them all.
I will be getting some black tea samples from Teavivre sometime and I’m excited to try those when they get here.

caile

I see you got an order from them today – exciting! You’ll have lots of teas to sample now!

Dexter

I’ve been trying several black teas, but it’s hard to know if I like them because they are high quality (Tao Tea Leaf, Verdant, etc) or if I like that style of black tea. So I bought 5 from Davids thinking they would all be about the same quality. I didn’t like the Darjeeling I was drinking yesterday (I didn’t write a tasting note, but will if you are interested in this experiment). Teavivre order came yesterday – I was drinking their dragon pearls last night – they were really good.
LOL and yes I have LOTS of teas to sample.

caile

Yes, write a short tasting note on them if you have time – I’d enjoy reading your opinions!
I haven’t tried a lot yet.

Dexter

I went through an oolong phase a couple of months ago, and bought a ton of them without really learning anything about them. Trying to avoid that mistake with blacks. I’ll write a blurb on the two Davids that I’ve tried tonight and will continue as I try the rest this week.

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

Chocolate and strawberry black tea. Very smooth, light base with a stronger chocolate strawberry flavor. No rose that I could detect but maybe it just sort of enhances the taste. Very fragrant cup.
Years ago I had a similar Adagio tea and I like Davidstea better as it seems smoother, at least from what I can recall.
I’d drink the occasional cup of this.

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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